Taurasi can sometimes be a gritty, raw wine with overdone power and heft. But this expression is soft and yielding thanks to its aromas of blackberry, vanilla, black stone and spice. The tannins are rock-solid and hard. A Marc de Grazia selection, various American importers.
The “vineyard of five oaks” yielded a rich, dark, earthy wine in ’96, with sweet notes of molasses, brown sugar and soy sauce. Full-bodied and low in acidity, with plenty of tannin to lose, the question is whether the tannins will ever soften enough to come into balance.